Minnesota farmers now have an easier way to get tractor safety equipment thanks to a new program that will improve farm safety. The ROPS Rebate Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), reimburses farmers and schools at least 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping, and installing a rollover protection kit—a roll bar and seatbelt—limiting applicants’ cost per tractor to no more than $500. It also provides help to farmers with identifying and pricing the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.
Urban agriculture funding Urban agricultural efforts, such as urban farms and community gardens, have become increasingly popular in the state over the last several years. These developments are positive, advocates say, because they improve consumer access to fresh and affordable… Read More »Agriculture bills that did not pass
The Department of Agriculture Policy bill passed off of the floor and includes the following policy provisions: Organic Advisory Task Force: This extends the sunset date until June 30, 2019 for the state’s Organic Advisory Task Force, which advises the… Read More »Department of Agriculture Policy Bill
The growth of the solar power industry is an opportunity to utilize solar sites to create bird- and pollinator-friendly habitats. This provision encourages these opportunities through the establishment of voluntary solar site management practices in Minnesota. The site management practices… Read More »Solar site volunteer management practices establishment
The final supplemental finance bill included several agriculture provisions, representing a combination of House and Senate priorities. Tractor Rollover Protection Program: The Star Tribune published a series last year describing the serious issues facing the state with farm equipment safety… Read More »Agriculture budget